How to Create User Profiles in Google Chrome
Chrome by default doesn’t have the ability to have separate user profiles, which is a nice feature to have when you are sharing the computer with family members. Browsers are getting more “personal” allowing the user to customize many aspects of it’s functionality as well as having the browser remember keywords searched, URL’s visited etc to make life more convenient.
Google Chrome has ‘In-Cognito’ mode which allows sessions to be run and no data is recorded after the tab is shut, but it’s not real practical for general browsing because there are things you want the browser to save. So creating profiles allows you to separate your browser data from other family members or work colleagues. Here is a way to create profiles in Google Chrome, we will give the user ‘Fred’ his own Chrome profile:
#1 Start Chrome then clear all history by selecting “Clear Browsing History” in the Tools menu. This step just ensures your second profile will be clear of any personal data carried over from your primary profile.
#2 Navigate to and open the Google Chrome installation folder which can be found at the following location:
For Windows Vista
For Windows XP
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local
#3 Next open up Windows Explorer and change to the “User Data” folder inside the Chrome installation folder. Next select the subfolder caleld “default” and make a copy of it in the “User Data” folder itself and give your new copy a name, in this case Fred.
Your folder structure should look like this:
#4 This is optional, but we can setup Freds Chrome profile to default settings.
Open up “Command Prompt” and switch to the Chrome Application folder and run the following command:
chrome.exe –user-data-dir=”..\User Data\Fred” -first-run
#5 Freds profile is all done, but there’s one more step to use Freds profile instead of the default profile, and that is a Shortcut on your desktop for easy access.
Right click anywhere on the desktop, choose New -> Shortcut and type the following location:
For Windows Vista:
C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe –user-data-dir=”..\User Data\Fred”
For Windows XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\User\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe –user-data-dir=”..\User Data\Fred”
There you have it, dual profiles for Google Chrome